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If I lose a battle (i.e. all 6 of my pokemon faint), how much money will I lose?

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According to Bulbapedia, in FireRed, LeafGreen, and the 4th generation, it's based on a formula: MaxLevel * BadgeMultiplier, where BadgeMultiplier depends on the number of badges you have (8 if you have 0 badges, 16 for 1, then 24, 36, 48, 60, 80, 100, 120). I suspect it's the same, or at least similar, in the 5th generation, but I admit that I'm not sure. –  Michael Madsen Mar 14 '11 at 21:54
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The amount of money you will lose since FireRed and LeafGreen (with the exception of Emerald) is determined by:

Money = Level * Base Payout

Level is the highest level pokemon of yours and the base payout is based on the number of badges you have.

Badges/Payout

  • 0/8
  • 1/16
  • 2/24
  • 3/36
  • 4/48
  • 5/60
  • 6/80
  • 7/100
  • 8/120

For example, if you have 5 gym badges and your top level pokemon is 30, your money lost for defeat would be 30 * 60 = 1800.

Source (bulbapedia)

While it is possible the bulbapedia article is outdated given the site's recent downtime, serebii's battle changes page lists no change to the payout system in gen V.

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Is that top level Pokemon overall (i.e. in a box on the PC) or in your party at the time of fainting? –  Robotnik Jan 9 '13 at 2:52
    
@Robotnik The Bulbapedia page implies it's your party: For example, if the player loses to another Trainer with only a Level 96 Venusaur in his or her party... –  Prof. Nintendo Apr 8 at 3:58
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